David was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and has lived and worked in Vancouver and Melbourne, Australia. In the late 1990's, after completing business school, David's natural problem-solving tendencies and his eye for detail led him to a role promoting and managing tradeshows. In his position as Show Director of Buildex Vancouver, David played a crucial role in fostering significant and sustained commercial growth. Buildex became one of North America’s largest regional construction expositions with exhibit sales and attendance increases of nearly 300% during his tenure. David's portfolio also includes a ground-up conceptualization, development and launch of Canada’s largest supply chain event, Cargo Logistics Canada, which he founded and conceived "from a blank sheet of paper." The launch of this event garnered David an Innovation Award from the parent company Informa, the world's largest publicly-traded event company. While launching and managing the aforementioned event, David simultaneously oversaw one of North America's largest Interior Design tradeshows, which attracted 30,000 consumers annually and led to a second Marketing Innovation Award. In June of 2015, David launched Cube Business Media Inc. with longtime colleague and friend Mark Stephenson. David lives and works in North Vancouver when he is not riding a motorcycle in Laos or circumnavigating the Australian outback with his wife and young daughters.
Mark has worked in the conference and tradeshow business for over 25 years. As a proud contributor to the industry, Mark has overseen more than a dozen successful brands of conferences, trade and consumer events serving the design, construction, property management and real estate industries in both Canada and the United States. Managing a team of up 20 colleagues, some of the brands that Mark produced and managed include Buildex, The Real Estate Forums and Cargo Logistics. Born and raised in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Mark was naturally drawn to the spirit of entrepreneurism at a young age. He developed his interest in real estate development and design through a successful publishing career which led to event production. In 2007, Mark and his partners sold their business to a public U.S. company and in 2012 the Canadian portfolio was sold to Informa, the largest publicly-traded event company in the world. He is thrilled to have launched Cube Business Media Inc. in 2015 with his longtime friend and colleague David Tyldesley. Mark’s areas of expertise include strategic planning, content development and sales strategy. As a strategic thinker and lifelong entrepreneur, Mark is passionate about finding innovative solutions to new challenges, and his diverse business background and formal education have contributed to this success on multiple occasions. A family man, Mark enjoys the outdoors and exploring urban settings both locally and internationally with his wife and two children.
Bringing Buyers & Sellers Together
Cube Business Media Inc. is a boutique conference and exposition company, founded to generate connections, build content & create communities. We create physical hubs and virtual spaces where likeminded individuals can gather, learn, and grow.
GROW, TRANSITION OR EXIT?
Eventually, every business will need to transition. The Business Transitions Forum provides business owners with tactical takeaways in order to help them with making smarter decisions in the short term while setting them up for a successful transition in the future.
KNOWSHOW is an engaging B2B marketplace where leading lifestyle fashion brands unveil their seasonal products to Canadian retailers. In its 16th year, KNOWSHOW connects hundreds of unique retailers with preeminent and emerging brands in a concentrated showcase of the latest trends, styles, and products.
SAAS NORTH is recognized as go-to hub in Canada for the fastest growing SaaS companies to learn, network, and grow. It gathers founders, executives, service providers, investors and their teams; facilitating networking, knowledge sharing and access to resources to scale-up!
In technology, mergers and acquisitions are a regular occurrence and can be a path to growth. Every tech company needs to be “M&A Ready”. Learn from the biggest exit success stories, the multiple exit stories, and connect with the players that made them happen.
CANADA'S CONFERENCE ABOUT PEOPLE & CULTURE IN TECH
Tech Talent North brings together people-focused tech leaders and experts in human capital and corporate culture to supercharge their talent engine! It provides Canadian tech leaders and their talent teams an opportunity to take a deeper look at the human capital challenges that matter most.
Content & Program Director, SAAS NORTH & TECH EXIT
Stefanie Grieser is the Content and Program Director for SaaS North & Tech Exit. She’s also the Co-Founder of Shine Bootcamp, a professional speaker accelerator for women/BIPOC. Her mission is to empower women to elevate the voices of those who don’t readily raise their hands to speak or aren’t recognized when they do. Previously she was an early employee at Vancouver Saas startup, Unbounce, going from scrappy startup marketer to passionate, scale-up leader and was the Founder of Call To Action Conference, an industry-leading marketing conference helping marketers become better at what they do. She was named one of the top 100 female marketers to follow, 50 women you need to know in MarTech 2018 and was Business BC’s Top 30 Under 30 in 2019. Stefanie loves turning bold ideas into impactful, memorable experiences. Find her on Twitter @smgrieser, on LinkedIn or at stefaniegrieser.com.
Nicole’s career in event planning kickstarted when she moved to Canada from Ecuador in 2015. Since then, she’s organized a wide range of events, from conferences and incentive trips for an MLM company to more niche events for Graduate Students at UBC.
In her spare time, Nicole loves playing golf as well as spending time with her husband and baby girl.
Joseph graduated with honours from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Management with a major in Accounting. Prior to joining the Cube, Joseph worked in public practice for 9 years as a manager. Joseph also has some exceptional life experience. He served in the Korean army for two years as an anti-tank missile specialist. Joseph enjoys coffee roasting, soccer, hiking, and cooking.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Jamieson is proud to call the city his home. His career in marketing has lead him through a variety of industries, including steel, automotive and tech amongst others.Jamieson has a strong track record of building successful marketing programs and strategies from the ground up. With a data-driven mindset, he focuses on creating a strong digital experience and brand presence to foster growth.You can find Jamieson skiing the slopes of Whistler in the winter, and biking laps around the seawall in the summer.
Ryan was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. Shortly after graduating from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Design, Ryan kicked off his career by starting his own graphic design business. Pairing up with a local print shop, the next couple of years were spent providing dozens of businesses with branding and artwork for every kind print media. In 2004 he took over designing the Alberta Teachers’ Association’s quarterly publication, The ATA Magazine, with the largest circulation of any journal in the province.
At the end of 2005, Ryan packed up and headed west—relocating to Vancouver, British Columbia. Continuing to service his existing clientele back in Alberta, Ryan also began working as an in-house graphic/web designer for a local software company. During the half a dozen years there, Ryan expanded his skillset to include web development and social media education, helping to grow the company’s brand as they expanded into different verticals and launched a handful of new software products.
The last few years Ryan has refocused his efforts to solely growing his own business, now servicing a variety of clients in B.C. and Alberta with their graphic/web design/development needs. In the summer of 2016, Ryan joined Cube Business Media Inc. as their graphic/web designer. When not in front of a computer screen Ryan can be found trying to be as active as possible, either indoors at the gym or outside walking the seawall (on the dry days in Vancouver).
Stefan is a freelance writer for content marketing teams and a growth coach for freelancers. He has been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, BetaKit, the Globe and Mail, and more. Follow him on Twitter @StefanPalios
Shauna graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Business. After graduating, Shauna began her career as a Marketing Assistant with a homecare software company. Since then, she has held various marketing and communications positions with tech companies where she produced a range of events including conferences, webinars, workshops, community events, and parties.
A desire to focus her energy on her passion, event planning, is what led Shauna to join the Cube Business Media team in May 2016. As the Communications Manager, Shauna is responsible for speaker, sponsor, and partner communications as well as operations and logistics support for all Cube events: SAAS NORTH, Business Transitions Forum, KNOWSHOW, and TechExit.io.
Shauna loves to travel! Most recently she volunteered with children in Cambodia, and travelled to Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, and Curaҫao.
When she’s not working hard putting together our next event, Shauna can be found doing yoga, exploring the outdoors, or planning her next trip around the world!
Content & Program Director, Tech Talent North & Business Transitions Forum
Content & Program Director, Tech Talent North & Business Transitions Forum
Erin has over 20 years of professional event management experience, and a passion for conferences and tradeshows. Her creativity, attention to detail and love of fast-paced project management lead her to a successful career as an event planner. Amongst other accolades, she was recognized on the BizBash Canada list of nationally recognized top event professionals in 2020 and was a top finalist for the best conference in Canada in 2019. In addition to a BA in communications and marketing from SFU, Erin has her Project Management Professional (PMP) designation is a Certified Event Designer (CED) and a certified life cycle celebrant and wedding officiant.
Erin lives, works and plays in North Vancouver. In her free time, she loves forest hikes with her dog Stanley, practicing yoga or planning the next travel adventure with her family.
Mark has been a leader in the conference and tradeshow business for over 25 years with a proven track record for success. As a proud contributor to the industry, he has overseen 12+ conference brands across Canada and the US serving both trade and consumer audiences. Industry agnostic, Mark has produced events in design, construction, fashion, technology, business, and real estate. Managing teams of up to 20, Mark has a keen eye for cultivating talent and helping his team grow professionally.
Born and raised in West Vancouver, British Columbia, Mark was naturally drawn to the spirit of entrepreneurism at a young age. He developed his interest in real estate development and design through a successful publishing career which led to a flourishing event production career.
In 2007, Mark and his partners sold their business to a public U.S. company and in 2012 the Canadian portfolio was sold to Informa, the largest publicly-traded event company in the world. With major conference brands like Buildex, IDSwest, The Real Estate Forums and Cargo Logistics, to name a few, Mark was well established to take the next step in his distinguished career.
In August of 2015, Mark launched Cube Business Media Inc. with long-time friend and colleague David Tyldesley. Together they co-founded The Business Transitions Forum, Canada’s first large-scale exit-strategy event for business owners, and launched the first BTF conference in November 2015. Early in 2016, David and Mark acquired KNOWSHOW Enterprises Inc., Canada’s Premier Fashion and Lifestyle Tradeshows and later in 2016, David and Mark Co-Founded SAAS NORTH, Canada’s largest SaaS Conference.
Mark is a true strategist, understanding the nuances of consumer behavior, he guides his team to produce exceptional content and sales excellence. A creative thinker and lifelong entrepreneur, Mark is passionate about finding innovative solutions to new challenges.
A family man, Mark is a proud hockey dad, both ice hockey and field hockey. In his downtime, Mark can be found travelling with his wife, and two children whether it’s exploring Europe or enjoying the beaches of Hawaii.
Mario Toneguzzi, based in Calgary, has more than 40 years experience as a daily newspaper writer, columnist, and editor. He worked for 35 years at the Calgary Herald covering sports, crime, politics, health, faith, city and breaking news, and business. He now works on his own as a freelance writer and consultant in communications and media relations/training. In 2021, he was named on the global Top 10 Business Journalists list by PR News – the only Canadian to make the list.
David was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and has lived and worked in Vancouver and Melbourne, Australia. In the late 1990’s, after completing business school, David’s natural problem-solving tendencies and his eye for detail led him to a role managing expositions and conferences.
In his position as Show Director of Buildex Vancouver, David played a crucial role in fostering significant and sustained commercial growth. Buildex became one of North America’s largest regional construction expositions with exhibit sales and attendance increases of nearly 300% during his tenure.
David’s portfolio also includes a ground-up conceptualization, development and launch of Canada’s largest supply chain event, Cargo Logistics Canada (CLC), which he founded and conceived “from a blank sheet of paper.” The launch of this event garnered David an Innovation Award from the parent company Informa, the world’s largest publicly-traded event company. While launching and managing CLC, David simultaneously oversaw one of North America’s largest Interior Design tradeshows, which attracted 30,000 consumers annually and led to a second Marketing Innovation Award from its parent company.
In August of 2015, David launched Cube Business Media Inc. with long-time friend and colleague Mark Stephenson. Together they co-founded Cube’s first event brand: The Business Transitions Forum (BTF).
Early in 2016, Cube acquired KNOWSHOW Enterprises Inc., Canada’s Premier Fashion and Lifestyle Tradeshow.
In 2016, David Co-Founded SAAS NORTH, Canada’s largest conference for scaling cloud-based software companies.
In 2017, David Co-Founded TechExit.io, which is known as “The M&A Ready Event” for technology entrepreneurs that want to understand mergers and acquisitions opportunities.
In 2021, David Co-Founded Tech Talent North, a conference about people & culture in the technology industry.
David lives and works in North Vancouver when he is not riding a motorcycle in Laos, Iceland or the Alps or circumnavigating the Australian outback with his wife and young daughters.
As someone who loves numbers, Michelle’s career started off in finance, completing her CPA designation, as well as a BBA in Marketing, while gaining a wealth of tradeshow and conference knowledge as part of the finance team at Informa – the largest publicly-trade event company in the world. As someone who has loved creating experiences for others from a young age, it was a perfect fit. After all, in her personal life, she was well-known for the being the one throwing theme parties, game show nights, and scavenger hunts.
With over ten years of financial experience under her belt and a love for event production, Michelle joined Cube Business Media in 2016 in an operational role – the perfect combination of both worlds. With her strong intrapreneurial skills, as the VP, Operations, she oversees Cube’s corporate and show operations – ensuring everything runs smoothly day-to-day and on-site at events.
Having lived in Vancouver for over 35 years, she wouldn’t consider any other place her home. Michelle gets the most excited planning her next vacation with her husband and two children and has big dreams of winning The Amazing Race one day!
“Cube gives back!”
Cube Business Media Inc. is proud to support organizations and initiatives that provide direct support to the community. Since 2015, we are pleased to have supported the following organizations:
This charitable initiative is an important one for Cube. Our good friend Greg Smith – a Canadian entrepreneur and SaaS investor who was the spark that ignited the SAAS NORTH flame – lost his battle with ALS in October 2021. The ALS Society of Canada works with the ALS community to improve the lives of people affected by ALS through support, advocacy and investment in research for a future without ALS.
The Lions Gate Hospital Foundation ensures its patients get better access to ground breaking facilities, the latest equipment, and updated infrastructure. While Cube produces events across Canada, we are a company based on the North Shore in Vancouver, and it’s important to us to remember our roots and support our local community. Keeping in good health affects everyone, and we want to ensure the best care possible is available for those in need.
You will join the on-site operations team that executes Cube Business Media’s tradeshows and conferences in a role that provides hands-on event management experience. You will work closely with key managers on our operational team and have the opportunity to meet and network with industry experts.
This is an on-call, volunteer position and we are looking for people with a can-do attitude and friendly face, willing to jump in and lend an extra hand during peak times.
What you will do:
Registration & Greeting – Be the first point of contact for an attendee when they arrive! Assist with checking attendees in, printing and/or scanning their badges, and handing out SWAG.
General Setup – See the event come to life! Assist with set up of furniture, handouts, signage, registration, gift bags, and so on.
Seminar Coordination – Manage speakers and traffic flow in seminar rooms, and assist with basic A/V needs.
Special Features – Be a part of a special feature at our larger events – this could include a greeter of a VIP lounge, special reception/party, or management of a mentorship lounge.
Customer Service – Be a wealth of knowledge for event attendees. Learn about the FAQs and assist with questions as required.
We do our best to match our volunteers’ interests and strengths with the roles available, and introduce a variety of tasks.
What you bring
A great attitude and friendly customer service
A desire to learn about tradeshows/conferences and overall event management
An interest in any of the following industries which our events cover: Retail – Fashion, Skate/Snowboard, Streetwear, Athleisure; Tech – SaaS, Startups; Entrepreneurship – M&A
Experience with community/cultural events, conferences or trade shows, either as staff or volunteering also an asset
Who you are:
An exceptional team player with enthusiasm, a positive, “can-do” attitude, and the confidence to communicate your ideas
Powered to join a small, but mighty team
Keen interest in the tech sector, startups and/or the retail sector
A great sense of humour and you aren’t afraid to talk to anyone in any situation
Value diversity while being inclusive and thoughtful in your approach to customers and stakeholders
What we offer:
Cube Business Media Inc., is a boutique conference and exposition company, founded to generate connections, build content and create communities. We create physical hubs where likeminded individuals can gather face-to-face, en masse. Cube owns and operates 10 event programs across Canada, including SAAS NORTH, TechExit, the Business Transitions Forum, KNOWSHOW/KNOWHOW and is self-funded. Our objective is to bring buyers and sellers together, strengthen business ecosystems and create marketplaces where entrepreneurs thrive.
Please submit a cover letter with your application.